Wide Receiver #16
Junior 6’4”, 215
Courtland Sutton is a talented and large-framed receiver from SMU that should not last long during the 2018 NFL Draft.
• Excelled in the quick passing game.
• Runs well with the ball in his hands.
• Large frame.
• Takes routes off.
• Not a crisp route runner.
• Will need to block better.
Courtland Sutton is a big-bodied wide receiver who has elite size. Though his quarterback play was not top-tier, he was still featured in SMU’s game plan on a consistent basis. Sutton was featured on quick passes, screens, and down the field.
He used his frame in his game. He boxed defenders away from the ball. He also used his size to run through defenders.
Sutton was moved around in SMU’s formations. He consistently made plays on the outside but also showed his ability to stretch the field from the slot.
Sutton played in two games as a freshman before sustaining a fracture in his lower back which led to a redshirt. He started all 12 games as a freshman and started 12 games as a sophomore. He was voted a 2017 team captain.
Sutton’s ability and size will be highly coveted among NFL teams. In an NFL system, he will need to improve his route tree and better utilize his size in the red zone as well as routes that hit the inside of the field.
NFL Draft Round Value: Late First.
Sutton still shows signs of being a raw talent but what he’s shown at the college level will have NFL teams excited and hungry to develop him.
NFL Comparison: Kelvin Benjamin
Sutton may not have the size to matchup with the freakishly large Kelvin Benjamin, but his play style has a chance to be similar at the next level.